Montana Public Radio (MTPR) KUFM
invites applications for a
Butte Reporter (Media Programmer) .
This position works
remotely in Butte, MT under the daily supervision of the MTPR News
Director with moderate independence following assigned methods,
priorities, and timelines for completing news for broadcast. The
position will also coordinate with the MTPR News Director on news
content production and delivery. The Reporter must adhere to
professional journalism standards and accommodate complex and
rapidly changing circumstances under deadline pressure. This
position may supervise student interns.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- News research using internet, newspapers, and other news
- Develop and maintain news sources.
- Produce and deliver newscast reports and feature length stories
using field recording kits, audio equipment and computers.
- Upload audio, video, and text content to website, podcasting
platforms, and social media platforms as appropriate.
- Represent Montana Public Radio in Butte and answer public
inquiries about the station and news policy.
The Reporter will develop knowledge on their beat of Butte and
Southwest Montana, including but not limited to: rural issues,
environmental issues, veterans’ affairs, the natural resources
industry, and tourism.
- Knowledge of journalism ethics and standards of fairness and
- Excellent speaking and writing skills.
- Significant technical knowledge of media computer applications,
audio recording units, digital cameras, video equipment, audio
mixers and audio editing program.
- Ability to research and comprehend complex issues and translate
them into clear, concise news reports.
- Ability to interview, record, write and digitally edit audio,
video and still photography files.
- Professional demeanor, behavior, and ability to interact with a
wide variety of people.
- Ability to post audio, video and photography online across
- Ability to convert radio broadcast content to online
- Ability to perform under deadline pressures and highly
Public Radio and UM
- Bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications, or related
- Two (2) years of experience in a reporting role, preferably in
public radio or television.
Montana Public Radio is a public service of the University of
Montana and is licensed to the Montana University System. MTPR
began as a student training facility in 1965. Since then we have
become a media network serving western and central Montana and
beyond. MTPR is an NPR affiliate with a robust Montana news team
including bureaus in Missoula, the Flathead and Helena.
MTPR produces about 50 percent of our program content. We broadcast
to a population of about 500,000 Montanans, with an estimated
weekly audience of 70,000 listeners. We have about 7,000 members
who support the station financially, providing about 75 percent of
our annual operating funds.
Montana Public Radio enriches the mind and spirit, inspires a
lifetime of learning, and connects communities through access to
exceptional programming. Montana Public Radio will be the essential
and trusted source for information and cultural programs. Montana
Public Radio has at its foundation the core values of independence,
excellence, integrity and innovation.
The University of Montana is flagship, research institution with
approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is
located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about
75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant
recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national
forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National
Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University
of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package
that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers
many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its
The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal
Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to
the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are
particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in
demonstrating its five priorities for action
: Place student
success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation
in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of
“mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly
tell the UM story.
To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the
State of Montana, please visit the links below.
Position Title: Butte Reporter (Media
Position Number: NEW
Department: Montana Public Radio
Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 Hours a week).
Position requires an alternative work schedule.
Salary: $18.571/hr. - Current employee’s rate of
pay for this position will be determined by the staff compensation
plan and will minimally be this posted salary. For questions and
details regarding the staff compensation plan, email
the Compensation Department
Six months minimum
Benefits Include :
package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and
Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of
Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for
this position will be subject to criminal background
investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference
accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with
disabilities. For example, this material is available in
alternative format upon request. As an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications
from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may
request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with
state law. References:
References not listed on the
application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to
the applicant. Testing:
Individual hiring departments at UM
may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to
essential job functions. Employment Eligibility:
Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility
verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally
required (e.g., Form I-9).
How to Apply
Priority Application Date: Wednesday, October 20,
2021 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)
Complete applications received by the priority application date
will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open
until filled. Application review has begun, but applications are
still being accepted.
*Please note, only five (5) attachments allowed per application.
Please combine documents accordingly.
A complete application Includes:
- Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and
experience related to the stated required skills for the position.
A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or
“Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
- Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work
- Professional References – names and contact information
for three (3) professional references.
- Three (3) Reporting Samples
Montana, United States